Salzburg’s Highly Successful Production of The Queen of Spades

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GermanyGermany Salzburg Festival [5] – Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades: Soloists, Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir (chorus master: Wolfgang Götz), Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera (chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberfer), Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy (stage music), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 25.8.2018. (MB)

Salzburger Festspiele (c) Monika Rittershaus
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades(c) Salzburger Festspiele/Monika Rittershaus

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Outstanding Henze from Igor Levit and Franz Welser-Möst

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AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [4] – Henze and Wagner: Igor Levit (piano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 25.8.2018. (MB)

Igor Levit (piano), Wiener Philharmoniker & Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)
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A Magnificent Production of The Bassarids in Salzburg

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AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [3] – Henze, The Bassarids: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus director: Huw Rhys James), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Kent Nagano (conductor). Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, 23.8.2018. (MB)

<>The Bassarids (c) Salzburger Festspiele/Bernd Uhlig

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A Highly Successful Production of L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

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AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [2] – Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea: Soloists, Bodhi Project and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Les Arts Florissants / William Christie (conductor). Haus für Mozart, Salzburg, 22.8.2018. (MB)

L’Incoronazione di Poppea (c) Maarten Vanden Abeele

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Salzburg Whitsun Festival 7 – 10 June 2019

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Voci celestiHeavenly Voices Salzburg Whitsun Festival 7 – 10 June 2019

Entitled Voci celesti – Heavenly Voices, the 2019 Salzburg Whitsun Festival dedicates itself to the memory of the great castrato voices. ‘It is no coincidence that I can realize the idea now, when discussions about the abuse of the bodily integrity of artists have become so topical. In the name of art, thousands of boys were mutilated – a terrible tradition which was kept alive for centuries and only rarely questioned. Given this background, I wondered whether the great artistic accomplishments of this era should be celebrated at all by performing these pieces of music? To me, the answer is obvious: yes, absolutely. However, their art must be illuminated from other perspectives too, and the highly problematic context discussed,’ says Cecilia Bartoli, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival.

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